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Freeloaders: Free to enjoy the sort of fall weather

Events for the week of Oct. 2-Oct. 8

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Load up on all things free right now Charleston. Because we know you'll be spending your hard earned dough on pumpkin spice lattes, we've rounded up stuff that doesn't cost money in town. Enjoy.

Monday

Start the week off right with a free workout with Fit Mommy Charleston starting at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Waterfront Park in Mt. Pleasant.

Join Enough Pie and the St. Julian Devine Community Center for a knitters circle starting at 5:30 p.m.

Head to City Hall at 5 p.m. and meet with Mayor Tecklenburg for a five minute one-on-one conversation about any topic.

Folly Beach Farmers Market runs every Monday in October starting at 4 p.m.; kids can enjoy free yoga, peruse books from Itinerate Literate book mobile, and partake in arts and crafts activities. This Monday is Gullah Night, so expect Gullah fare, plus dancing and drums from Umoja Unity.

Done with renting? Head to this free intro to homeownership workshop at Origin SC at 6 p.m.

Tuesday

Switch up your taco Tuesday routine during this six mile bike ride, hosted by Charleston Moves and Trek Bicycle Store of Charleston. The route takes bikers around the Park Circle area and over to Riverfront Park; meet at Basico and feast on tacos when you're finished pedaling.

Free Verse Charleston Poetry Festival and MOJA Festival co-host an evening of poetry at the City Gallery with Horace Mungin and Carlos Johnson.

Starting at 9:30 a.m. as part of MOJA, Ken Foberg and his jazz quartet will entertain the crowd at the Charleston County Public Library. 

The Gibbes holds a visiting artist information session from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; visiting artist Stacey Kirby will be onsite, and there will be a gallery tour at 6 p.m.

Take in some free live music from The Ands at the Tattooed Moose on Craft Beer Tuesday from 9:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Get your trivia on at Summerville's Persimmon Cafe starting at 7 p.m. There will also be craft beer and sandwich deals.

Wednesday

As part of MOJA, poet Tammaka Staley will read her work at the City Gallery starting at 6 p.m.; Staley has been featured in Huffington Post, HuffPost Black Voices, SELF, and Glamour

Catch a free screening of Chasing Coral at the Sottile Theatre from 6 to 9 p.m.

Author Julius Hollis will host a book reading and talk at Buxton Books as part of MOJA from 6 to 7:15 p.m.

This donation based run and yoga session meets at 6 p.m. at White Point Garden.

Get your morning started at 9:30 a.m. at the CCPL downtown branch with the Columbia Marionette Theatre; the 30 minute show, The World of Anansi the Spider, features marionettes, hand puppets, and rod puppets that tell several African folk talks.

Thursday

Babe Club and Cat Clyde play at Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl from 7 to 9 p.m. 

Join the community at this free Folly Beach Harvest Moon drum circle from 7 to 10 p.m. — all are welcome.

Be part of the conversation at this Confederate Monuments in Context talk at the CCPL from 6 to 8 p.m. CofC professor Dr. Adam Domby will lead the conversation.

Friday

Anglin Smith Fine Art's Our City exhibit opens at 5 p.m.

Kate Hooray Osmond's Get Low exhibit at Redux features her work depicting factories, container ships, and highways, overlaid with graphic imagery from our digital experiences. The opening reception begins at 6 p.m.

The Poets Laureate show at City Gallery starts at 6 p.m. and features South Carolina poet laureate Marjory Wentworth, Charleston poet laureate Marcus Amaker, Columbia poet laureate Ed Madden, and Augusta poet laureate Anthony "Sleepy Eyez" Carter.

Palmetto's Loading Dock series features the Mike Freund Band at 6 p.m. and Whitt Burn at 8 p.m. 

Dream of dancing in a music video? Local music video auditions will be held at Dance Lab from 7 to 9 p.m.

The opening reception for Second Nature, an exhibit featuring both abstract and landscape works by artist and co-gallery owner Marissa Vogl, begins at 5 p.m. at Meyer Vogl gallery.

Saturday

It ain't over til it's over — COASToberfest is the Americanized version of the German, stein hoisting fest, starting at noon and running til 7 p.m. with sausages, a whole hog roast, and specials on German brews.

If you're lederhosen hoppin, head to Bay Street Biergarten starting at noon for their version of Oktoberfest, featuring beer and jager specials and pretzel necklaces galore.

Soak in the almost fall weather at Summerville's Fall Fling from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — bring a non perishable food item as your entrance fee.

Devote your Saturday to doing good at the Sunset Adopt-a-Highway Marsh Cleanup on Sullivan's Island from 4 to 6 p.m.

Nerd out at the Coffee Shop of Mystery Comic Show at Summerville's Coastal Coffee Roasters from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday

The MOJA finale takes place at Hampton Park from 4 to 8 p.m. and will include craft vendors, performances by Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa and Super Deluxe, and a variety of food options.

Braised in the South Food Truck stops by Ghost Monkey Brewery from noon to 6 p.m. with Name the Music trivia in the tap room.

Head to The Bend in North Charleston for this all-day free fest celebrating the Ashley River.

Emily McCarthy Shoppe pops up at Skinny Dip Charleston from noon to 4 p.m.

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